Sony AF 50mm F2.8 Macro A-mount lens review by AndrewJD

reviewer#3549 date: May-4-2008
sharpness: 5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.6
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Sony 50mm 1.4, Minolta 50mm 1.7
price paid:50,000 JYN
positive:* Light
* Sharp even at f2.8
* Focus range limiter switch
negative:* Body isn't metal? :(
comment:I was somewhat hesitant in getting this lens at first, but it has become one of the most invaluable lenses in my collection. It's sturdy, easy to use and works perfectly in macro and 'standard' situations.

I have no bad words for this lens other than the focus ring doesn't sit fully tight - there is a little bit of give when focusing. Apart from this, insignificant as it is, I can't fault it. Unless you want the wide open 1.4 / 1.7 of the standard 50mm lenses, I would go with this hands down everytime.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 26
  • sharpness: 4.88
  • color: 4.92
  • build: 4.19
  • distortion: 4.92
  • flare control: 4.73
  • overall: 4.73 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania